Hurricane Michael weakens to Category 1 storm: NHC

James Marshall
October 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael is also a fast-moving storm and so rainfall related flooding is not expected to be a large component of loss for the immediate landfall areas, although localised flooding is to be expected and flooding inland as Michael travels north and east could also extend the eventual impacts to insurance and reinsurance interests.

The storm has killed at least two people, including one child, according to reports. "The roads are blocked", Sgt. Angelie Hightower told TIME. Officials hadn't immediately confirmed the man's name.

More than 403,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, utility companies said.

Michael sprang quickly from a weekend tropical depression, going from a Category 2 on Tuesday to a Category 4 by the time it came ashore. By 8pm, it was down to a category 1.

As of the 5 p.m. advisory, Michael is an extremely unsafe Category 3 storm.

Without power, the city was plunged into darkness at nightfall and its flooded streets were mostly silent and devoid of people or traffic. "I didn't expect all this", he said. "It's like a nightmare". You just want somebody to shake you and wake you up. How can this happen? "We were scared looking at it coming in, but we got lucky".

A vehicle is seen caught in floodwaters in Panama City, Fla.

Several hours after the hurricane made landfall, the eye of the storm had moved out of the Panhandle and was just west of Albany, Georgia, the NHC said.

A woman makes her way to an evacuation shelter in Tallahassee, Florida.

Downed powerlines are seen after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida.

It forced more than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast to evacuate as it gained strength quickly while crossing the eastern Gulf of Mexico toward north Florida. They said Michael could be the strongest hurricane to hit that stretch of coastline in 13 years.

"We are still in the midst of a Category 4 catastrophic and historic storm".

In a letter to Trump written Wednesday afternoon, Scott said "there is no need for damage assessment", due to the level of devastation. "I worry about them every second and I hope there're no children there who didn't have the choice on their own to make these decisions". The hospital said it is running off of generators and patients have been moved to safe areas of the facility. "We will take care of each other".

It had a low barometric pressure recorded at 919 millibars in its eye, which is how a hurricane's force is measured. Cedar Key to Chassahowitzka could see storm surge topping out between 4 feet to 6 feet.

Even before landfall, the hurricane disrupted energy operations in the Gulf, cutting crude oil production by more than 40% and natural gas output by almost a third as offshore platforms were evacuated ahead of the storm's arrival. Coupled with that you have over 145 miles per hour winds. The roar from the hurricane sounded like an airplane taking off.

Image: Hurricane Michael picked up strength in warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Up to 12 inches of rain could fall in Florida's Panhandle and Big Bend areas, as well as southeastern Alabama and southern Georgia.

"We basically just walked away from everything and said goodbye to it", he said, tears welling up.

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